Haven't had a chance to see Tyler Perry's version of "For Colored Girls" yet, but I've heard both the good and the bad. One of my favorite film bloggers Invisible Woman did see the film and offered what I thought was a very well-written, measured opinion on the merits and demerits of Perry's work. For her, it boils down to being well-done, but too dreary as a celebration of black femininity turns into lurid tales of being a beast of burden and abuse.
From Invisible Woman:
I could not escape the feeling of claustrophobia that set in for me midway into the film. The close, tight face shots; the small, cramped apartments--began to close in on me. In the beginning of the film it was expansive and full of possibilities; as the film progressed and the plotlines and characters started to begin to be involved with one another, I felt myself shrinking. As everything became smaller and more universal, instead of feeling identity in the close relationships and growth of these women, I felt suffocated, and thoughts of wanting to escape the film began to arise ...
When the film ended, I was relieved. I don't think I've ever felt that way before about a movie. But I have to say I was relieved to see the misery about the pain men cause be over, to not have to look at the dreary apartments anymore, and to not see Lorretta Devine's craptastic wig any longer.
The one piece of criticism that has stuck with me so far is the recurring mention of how the movie seems to focus on the misery of black male/female relations and not touch on the more celebratory aspects of the original choreo poem. I've gotten the impression in the past that Perry has some serious issues when it comes to gender stereotyping. (Everyone is usually painted in broad strokes of good or evil with little gray area. The harpy. The good woman. The monster. The good, blue collar man.) He also has more than a few issues with class and these issues show up routinely in his work. The fear of the classic stage play being reduced to "Woman good; man bad" stereotyping is concerning, but I'll wait until I actually see the film before I form an opinion of it.